CBD Alone does NOT Treat Epilepsy Effectively

“I know it freaks everybody out, but we need THC.  Only when doctors added a little nightly THC to Haleigh’s CBD regimen did she experience her first seizure-free day in years.”  Janea Cox speaking of her daughter’s response to medical cannabis treatment.

This candor from Janea Cox is not motivated by money or politics.  Instead, it’s motivated by love.  A mother’s love for her child.

Janea’s daughter, Haleigh, has a form of epilepsy which features seizures that do not respond to traditional medical treatments.  Current epilepsy treatments involve a heavy regimen of sedatives that include powerful benzodiazepines.  So the options for treating intractable epilepsy are either 1) deal with seizures that retard cognitive development and eventually kill or 2) live in a drug induced coma.

Parents like Janea Cox did not accept these and opted for a third option; medical cannabis.  Unfortunately, Georgia and many other states ignore the mountains of medical evidence proving cannabis has immeasurable medical value and criminalize it.  Janea was forced to leave her home, family and friends to save her daughter’s life.

Janea took Haleigh to Colorado to begin using medical cannabis to treat her seizures.  Cannabidiol (CBD) lowered the severity and number of Haleigh’s seizures, but the real seizure control didn’t begin until higher levels of THC were introduced into Haleigh’s treatment.

This is not surprising to anyone who is knowledgeable about cannabis.  Cannabidiol is a powerful anti-inflammatory with some anticonvulsant properties, however, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a powerful anticonvulsant and anti-spasmodic compound.  Also, these compounds work in synergy with one another and the other phytocannabinoids which naturally occur in the cannabis plant.  See Below:

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Since all facts, scientists, medical researchers, patients, and informed doctors know that CBD-oil alone is not an effective medical treatment, then why are so many legislators pushing “CBD only” legislation?

Because it’s easy and safe.

Cannabidiol lacks the psychoactive properties of THC, but it also lacks comprehensive medicinal efficacy.

The cannabis plant contains a complex combination of hundreds of medically powerful compounds that work together to benefit the human body.  When legislators try to isolate only the ‘politically safe cannabinoids’ for medical use, we get ineffective, politically-safe policies.

Because it is proven that CBD oil alone is not an effective epilepsy treatment, anyone who supports “CBD only” legislation either has political and financial interests involved or is uninformed on the subject.

By: , founder and ceo of Halcyon Organics.

© Halcyon Organics 2015


9 replies
  1. Peter Reynolds
    Peter Reynolds says:

    You are incorrect about CBD oil. Of course there are some charlatans but there also some excellent products such as Endoca, verified by independent lab tests and direct patient experience. It contains all the cannabinoids with THC less than 0.2%.

    Agreed that full spectrum cannabis oil is better but for millions of people this is not an option. Be grateful that you have legal access to medicinal cannabis. In the UK we are not so fortunate.

    • Daniel
      Daniel says:

      Hi Peter,

      Thanks for reading! I was focusing on cannabidiol and epilepsy on this article. CBD alone is an inferior epilepsy treatment compared to whole plant extracts. The reason for my attacking people pushing for CBD only legislation is because I work with these people and know their motivations. I don’t want the electorate to be tricked my the nonsense the liars spew. I checked out your website, clear-uk.org, and think that it’s great what yall are doing out there. Full spectrum is always an option. Yall can be in Amsterdam in a 2 hours and buy worldclass seeds for DNA, Sensi, or greenhouse. Then all you need is light, water, and nutrients. That’s how we used to do it 😉 Keep up the good work and good luck!

  2. Matthew Sands
    Matthew Sands says:

    Agree with the sentiment with regards to both the political motivations behind CBD only legislation and the fact that CBD alone simply does not have the efficacy of CBD working with the other cannabinoids, especially THC which has well established synergy with CBD.
    Regarding epilepsy you should also look into raw extracts as there as increasing reports from patients using THCA dominant extracts (undecarbed THC) and reporting superior efficacy to decarbed extracts of both CBD and THC dominant. Some are also using combinations so the “full plant” experience is even more wide ranging with not only the full range of naturally present neutral cannabinoid but also the cannabinoid acids and the terpenes.
    It is not very clear exactly how/why THCA and CBDA are effective for seizures as neither are believed to interact directly with the cannabinoid receptors (though do act through other pathways) but just as CBD gained notoriety from anecdotal experience, THCA is now gaining attention for efficacy in this area, with some patient actually switching from CBD dominant extracts to THCA dominant extracts as they claim it is giving better results long term (though those same reports do claim that it takes a few weeks of dosing to achieve full therapeutic benefits).
    Anyway, worth checking out if you looking into this area

  3. Dalene Van Dyk
    Dalene Van Dyk says:

    I have Rheumatoid, I just wondered if cannabis oil wil help my condition, as I understand it is a great anti -inflamatry

    • Gerry
      Gerry says:

      I have been treating my R.A. with THC and CBD in the form of edibles and the vaporizing of marijuana flower. Sativa in the AM and or if I just know I am going to be wiped out before the day even starts I would use Indica. I always pair it with THC as it has a very synergistic effect that individually CBD did not accomplish for me. It took several trials, and months of testing to find out the strains and dosages that work best for me, — I am now sold and encouraging others to journal and try. I can simply do more in a day and that really gave me control of my life back, without being on opioids and the direction that that whole thing takes you. Oh, and no side effects to worry about as well, which keeps my spirits healthy as well.

      • Daniel
        Daniel says:

        Hi Gerry,
        Great comment! You are right. For the most powerful analgesic effects, you need all the compounds in the plant. This is more than THC and CBD. The terpenes also have a lot to do with the medicinal properties. None of the compounds are as effective when isolated, even THC. Think of it as a multivitamin vs. a vitamin C pill. You can’t expect the vitamin C pill to do as much as the multivitamin that has 60 compounds working together.

  4. Ron W. Vanzetta
    Ron W. Vanzetta says:

    Thank you for your research Daniel,
    Cannabis compound synergy is an important treatment topic in so many different ways… It’s hard to count.
    People may forget to use BOTH Acidic and Activated compounds, and avoid degradation during preparation.
    Ex: 4 forms, & 4 Cannabis compounds, & ~20 other essential medicinals (4x4x20) is over 320 combinations,

    • Daniel
      Daniel says:

      Hi Mark,

      Thanks for reading! I have found conflicting data on the boiling point of THC. I pulled this chart from the company that makes the Volcano. I’ve also seen that the boiling point of THC is 315 F. What do your sources say the boiling point is and who are they? I’ve run some experiments to test the boiling point and it seems like the boiling point is higher than 315, but I don’t really know.


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